Quick Kicks: Madison deemed worthy to host bacon fest

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Ann Fiore
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Here is this week's roundup of entertainment news and events from our area.


Bacon gets its due

Attention, bacon fans: Madison has been deemed worthy enough this year to become a site for the traveling Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

The inaugural Madison Bacon Festival is scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Alliant Energy Center. The event promises bacon sampling, lectures, cooking demos, competitions, fellowship and a bacon queen contest.

“The Madison Bacon Festival will offer bacon lovers an opportunity to explore their sizzling obsessions in a creative and celebratory environment,” according to a news release.

Ticket information will be available in August, the release said.

Blue Angels in Chicago

Once sidelined due to budget cutbacks, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the U.S. Army's Golden Knights Parachute Team will headline the Chicago Air and Water Show, which returns to Chicago's lakefront Aug. 16-17.

The Blue Angels—the Navy's flight demonstration squadron—cancelled many of their 2013 shows due to sequestration. The squadron resumes a limited schedule this year.

The Blue Angels and Golden Knights will be joined by the Navy's Leap Frogs, the Marine MV-22 Osprey helicopter and the U.S. Air Force F-22. A variety of civilian acts also are planned. For a full schedule, visit chicagoairandwatershow.us.


Civil War revisited

Evansville's Lake Leota Park welcomes back its Civil War re-enactors for the annual Rally 'Round the Flag living-history event Saturday, May 17.

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., visitors can see demonstrations of military and domestic life during the war. The Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin will perform wartime music on period instruments between noon and 4 p.m.

The free event is sponsored by the Evansville Grove Society. To learn more, call 608-882-5528.


Meet the author

Local writer Judith Rolfs will attend a “meet the author” gathering from 11:30-1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Caribou Coffee, 833 E. Main St., Lake Geneva.

Rolfs, a marriage and family counselor and author of 16 books, recently released “Bullet in the Night,” a mystery set in Lake Geneva. She'll discuss her novel and the relationships in it.

The book will not be for sale Saturday, but it can be ordered from any bookstore or through amazon.com.


Try out for 'Narnia'

The Chapel on the Hill will hold auditions starting this weekend for its next show, “Narnia the Musical.”

Auditions will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, for children and at 5 p.m. Saturday for adults at the Christian Arts Centre, Highway 50 and Cisco Road, Lake Geneva. Open auditions will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, May 19.

Participants should be prepared to sing a song, learn a short dance and read from the script. Show dates are July 25-27 and Aug. 1-3. Call 262-245-9122.

'Chicago' needs actors

Auditions for Rock River Repertory's production of “Chicago” are set for 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 27-28, at the Edgerton Performing Arts Center, 200 Elm High Drive.

Those auditioning should prepare 24 bars of a song from a Kander and Ebb musical. A song from “Chicago” also is acceptable. Participants must be 16 or older; each should bring sheet music, a photo and a theater resume.

The show opens Aug. 15. For details, email jimtropp@charter.net.

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